Canadian Women's Hockey League

CWHL Board of Directors

The CWHL is governed by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women (CAAAWH)'s board of directors which also runs and hosts the Clarkson Cup. The Board has been restructured to reflect the new strategic plan and voting members includes six members from the business and hockey community at large, 2 player representatives, and one ex-chairman. Non-voting members include two delegates from the OWHA. The Board of Directors help guide the CWHL through planning, financial and business matters.

The Board of Directors meet once every two months with an Annual General Meeting which occurs at the end of every season.

Brad Morris
CWHL Chairman


Following a CWHL Strategic Advisor’s role, Brad proudly became the CWHL’s Board Chairman in October 2012. A strong advocate of women’s hockey Brad also serves as a Director to The Ladies First Hockey Foundation Board supporting the Canadian National/Olympic Women’s Hockey Players & Program; while working in partnership with Hockey Canada for World Championship & Olympic support and in support of building Canadian Women’s Hockey. Brad is a Coach with the Markham Stouffville Stars Atom Girl’s Hockey team following his own history in Junior Hockey, and a family history with his father, Eric’s, time in the Detroit Red Wings Hockey system. Brad recently served as the Board Chairman for the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (one of Canada’s largest trade Associations with member revenue in excess of $19 Billion). Brad was proudly the youngest Chairman in the then 75 year history of this Canadian Association. Brad is also a Director of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation following 6 years serving as an active Volunteer for the Foundation. Brad also ensures the donation of his time serving in Volunteer Capacities to Companies, Communities and Associations and with that was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded through the Governor General’s Office of Canada. Brad is currently the General Manager of Grote Industries Canada and member of the International Executive Team (Grote is a leading worldwide Innovator & Distributor of Lighting, Electrical and Safety Systems for all forms of vehicle and transportation markets). Brad is proudly married with two young daughters.

Chris Emanuel
Past CWHL Chairman


Chris has served on the CWHL board for the past 4 year and is currently serving his third term as Ward 7 Councillor in the Town of Newmarket, Ontario. In his first election win in 2003, Chris became the youngest person in the town’s history to hold elected office. He is one of York Region’s leaders in creating positive change and represents Ontario on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the national voice for Canada's municipalities. He has worked in the not-for-profit environmental sector at the Windfall Ecology Centre and has supported and championed many local environmental initiatives. He has served as Chair of the Newmarket–Aurora Fire Services Committee and also led the development of Newmarket’s Cultural Master Plan as chair of that committee. He also served as the Council liaison to the Magna Centre Recreation Complex Budget Control Task Force, overseeing a budget of $37 million. Chris co-founded ‘First Night’ in Newmarket and was Chair of the Youth Support Task Force. He has volunteered at ‘Inn From The Cold’, an organization that assists homeless persons, and each year leads a team of fundraisers for Big Brothers/Big Sister of York

Cassie Campbell-Pascall
CWHL Vice-Chair


Cassie was the first woman to do color commentating on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada on Oct. 14, 2006 - Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames. She works as a TV analyst for TSN’s women’s hockey coverage and for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. TV analyst for CTV's 2010 Olympic women's hockey coverage in Vancouver. Cassie has worked as a colour commentator for TSN, The Score and was the first female to work on the NHL Network. Cassie won 21 medals with Canada’s National Women’s teams, including 17 gold medals and four silver medals. Cassie has two Olympic gold medals (2002- Salt Lake City and 2006 – Turin, Italy), and one Olympic silver medal (1998 – Nagano, Japan). A six-time World Champion gold medallist (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004), and won silver at the 2005 worlds once. Cassie is the only captain, male or female, to lead Canada to two Olympic gold medals and is the longest serving captain in Canadian hockey history. Cassie is a proud ambassador of Ronald McDonalds Children’s Charities and runs an annual street hockey tournament in Calgary, AB to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Cassie is a spokesperson and host for Hockey Canada’s Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey program … Cassie is a Special Advisor to Scotiabank for its hockey programs and Proud supporter of CARE an organization that places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty

Julie Barker-Merz
CWHL Treasurer


Julie is Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of BMO Insurance. She is also Chair of the Diversity Council for BMO’s Private Client Group, Director and Treasurer of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and Director of the Canadian Association of Financial Institutions in Insurance. She is a long-standing and strong supporter of women in business, sport and the community. Throughout her 17 year career with BMO Bank of Montreal, Julie has earned the reputation of being a leader who executes with pace, courage, and excellence, inspiring multi-disciplinary teams to come together towards a common vision. She is never afraid to take on new challenges (especially the ones that scare her!) and thrives in ambiguity and change, always seeking out new opportunities to grow and learn. Julie received her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa and completed her MBA at Dalhousie University. She is fluently bilingual (English/French) and proud mother of 2 young girls. When she is not running her business (or running after her girls!), Julie enjoys running long distances. After completing 5 half marathons, she made the move to complete her first marathon this past fall.

Robert Witchel
Community Director


As the head of the Canadian National Office, of Right To Play, Robert is responsible for leading Canadian revenue development, athlete and sports alliances, communications and stewardship activities. Robert is also responsible for Right To Play programming in Canada and oversees both the PLAY (Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth) and Youth To Youth initiatives. He possesses over 20 years of multi-disciplinary business experience in international business development, sales, marketing and operations in Canada, the US, Latin America and Europe. After extensive experience with technology and financial services companies including Dow Jones, Reuters and E*TRADE, he entered the not-for-profit sector where he worked with Canada’s leading children’s hospital for four years prior to joining Right To Play in December 2008. Robert is a member of Right To Play’s Global Leadership Team, is a director of three not-for-profit boards and recently served on the Government of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Panel to help reduce childhood obesity. A native of Toronto, Canada, Robert is married and has one child.

Jill McCutcheon
Community Member


Jill McCutcheon is a partner in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), Canada’s pre-eminent, national full-service law firm. She has more than 20 years of experience in providing counsel to the financial sector. She acts as counsel to insurers, reinsurers, banks, intermediaries, third-party administrators, marketers, retailers, employers, and associations in all property and casualty, life and health, and reinsurance lines of business. Jill is a noted lecturer and writer in her field of law and makes presentations to industry associations and conferences regarding legal and regulatory issues. She sits on the board of a number of community and financial services organizations. Jill, and BLG, each have been wonderful supporters to the Ladies First Hockey Foundation, players involved with Canada’s National Women’s program, as well as supporters of athletic excellence in Canadian University Sport through the BLG Awards that recognize Canada’s Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the year. Jill is herself an avid sports woman, being formerly a nationally ranked squash player. An adult convert to hockey, her passion for the game was imparted by her father who played on Memorial, Calder and Stanley Cup winning teams.

Trina Crosby
Community Member

Trina has spent her life around the game and is a strong advocate for the overall growth of hockey and the game of women's hockey. She worked at the Halifax Herald for 14 years retiring in 1999 to be home with her children. Trina sits on the board of directors for the Sidney Crosby foundation that was established in 2009, an organization that improves the lives of children who are sick or struggling. She is mother to Sidney, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Taylor, Shattuck St Mary’s girls u19 prep team. Trina resides in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, with her husband Troy.

Brian Burke
Community Member


Brian Burke Joined the Calgary flames Hockey Club on September 5th, 2013 in the newly created role, President of Hockey operations. He is responsible for overseeing all hockey operations for the flames organization. The 58 year old burke, brings over 20 years of National Hockey League experience in various roles to the franchise. In 1.145 games as a general manager in Hartford (84 games: 1992-93), Vancouver (492 games: 1998-99 to 2003 -04), Anaheim (263 games: 2005 – 06 to 2008-09) and Toronto (306 games: 2008-09 to 20012-13), Burke has accumulated a record of 521 – 449 -74 – 101. Additionally, he worked in the NHL office for five years as executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, under Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Away from the rink, Burke is well-known for his work within the community and a family man. He is a vocal activist against homophobia in sports, a strong supporter of first response personnel and military service members, an environmentalist and a humanitarian. In honour of his late son Brendan, Burke has been a spokesperson for the “You Can Play Project” since it was co-founded by his son Patrick in 2011.

Cheryl Pounder
Past Player Representative


Cheryl works as one of TSN’s Women’s Hockey specialists and in-studio analyst and colour commentary broadcaster, most recently at the 2012 Women’s World Championships in Vermont and the U18s in British Columbia. Cheryl is the proud mother of 2 young daughters, was born in Montreal into a family of hockey enthusiasts: A grandfather, who was GM of the Montreal Junior Canadiens, and her hockey-playing older brothers. The rink in the family’s backyard also helped to set her on the path to excel at Canada’s national sport. Upon moving to Mississauga, Ontario, she achieved the status of athlete of the year at both her high school and Wilfrid Laurier University, where she earned an honours degree in Kinesiology. She played on Canada’s 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 (where she was selected an All-Star Defenseman) and 2007 World Championship Hockey teams. Cheryl was voted the top defenceman at the 2002, 2004, 2007 and MVP at the 2005 Canadian Women’s Hockey National Championship. In September of 2012 Cheryl was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame with her entire 2006 Gold medal team from the Winter Olympics in Italy. Cheryl is also a Board Member for the Ladies First Hockey Foundation. Without a doubt, Pounder’s greatest career accomplishments are represented by her 2 Olympic Gold Medals in Salt Lake City and Torino.

Caitlin Cahow
Past Player Representative


Caitlin Cahow was born and raised in Connecticut. Caitlin was a member of the USA Hockey Women’s National Team and member of the CWHL Boston Blades (where she captained the League Championship winning team in 2013). She graduated from Harvard University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in social/biological anthropology and is a 3L at Boston College Law School, graduating in spring 2013. Caitlin played four years for the Harvard Crimson Women’s Ice Hockey in the ECAC Hockey, leading all ECACH defensemen in points. She won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics and a silver medalist at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and prior to the Olympics, she was a four-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship (gold 2008, 2009, 2011 and silver 2007). a Four-time member of the U.S. Women's Select Team for the Four Nations Cup (1st-2008, 2nd-2005-07); Caitlin Captained the United States Under-22 Select Team in 2006 . At the college level Caitlin was named top-10 finalist for 2008 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award; 2008 ECAC Tournament Most Valuable Player; she was a First Team All-Ivy League, 2007–08, Defenseman, Harvard (Senior), recipient of 2008 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award (also known as the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award) and selected to the Media All-Star team at the 2011 IIHF Women’s World Championship

Fran Ryder
OWHA Delegate


Brenda Andress
CWHL Commissioner


Brenda leads the CWHL to create the first women's professional hockey league. Brenda has always dedicated herself to her dreams with the strength of passion that enabled her to achieve them and now brings this expertise to the CWHL. Brenda’s aphorism is PEOPLE + PASSION = POWER (SUCCESS). Brenda learned to work hard at an early age and rose to upper management in the field of Recreation at the tender age of 28 helping communities stay healthy and fit ultimately running the Town of Newmarket and constructing the Award winning Magna Centre Recreation Complex with a budget of $37 million until her appointment as Commissioner of the CWHL. “The Hockey news - People of Power & Influence issue” named Brenda as one of individuals identified as “The Power of the Future”. Always athletic, Brenda discovered hockey at the tender age of 16 and became the first women to ever play for a men’s collegiate varsity team. Brenda’s love of hockey took her into refereeing the game she loved becoming one of the first female hockey referees in Canada eventually achieving one of the highest rankings of Level 6. Brenda is the author of two books and the mother of two wonderful children.

Michael (Mike) Robert Bartlett
CWHL Ambassador


Mike Bartlett is the Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and the Executive Director for the MLSE Foundation. He oversees the community & sport development as well as the philanthropic efforts for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies.

Lois Mitchell
CWHL Ambassador


Lois Mitchell is currently the Senior Partner of Rainmaker Global Business Development, which connects companies with business opportunities around the world. Sheis also President of Amherst Consultants, a corporate training firm specializing in marketing, sales, communication and leadership training.